Saturday, 19 December 2009

Politicians Surveyed On Climate Change, 20% 'Skeptics'

'Skeptic' MEPs
23% of Britain's 72 MEPs are either explicit climate 'skeptics', or are members of 'skeptic' parties who remain silent on the subject.

Skeptic is actually a rather kind description for someone who either doesn't understand the science, or they are in denial. They are not very skeptical about other theories, credulously accepting anything as 'fact' that seems to support them.

So 12 MEPs (16.7%) are actually on record taking an stance on climate opposed to science.
They are UKIP: Stuart Agnew, Marta Andreasan, Gerrard Batten, Godfrey Bloom, David Bannerman, Derek Clark & BNP Nick Griffin, CONS Daniel Hannan and Roger Helmer who deny that any warming is occuring. Meanwhile Andrew Brons BNP, UKIP Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttalo deny that any warming is man-made.

'Skeptic' MPs were surveyed last year. David Cameron has failed to convince many of his MPs that man-made global warming is a serious problem, according to a poll that finds widespread sceptisicm across parliament about the issue.
A third of Tory MPs who responded to the survey questioned the existence of climate change and its link to human activity. Two-thirds said tackling climate change should not be a priority for local councils.

Up to a fifth of the MPs who have been debating the UK's climate change bill do not understand, or choose to ignore, the science on which it is based. They were 18 Cons MPs (33%), 11 of the 91 Labour (12%) & 2 of the 19 LDs(11%). Overall thats 19%. I think we should get rid of the lot.

Tony Juniper said the survey results were "disturbing". He said: "That a fifth of MPs say they either don't know or reject the science of climate change is a serious cause for alarm and suggests that many of them are seriously out of touch, because the science is very clear.

"For them to be making policy without a proper grasp of the science is a major oversight."

Meanwhile Gordon Gordon Brown attacks 'flat-earth' climate change sceptics! Todays Daily Express headline is 'Climate Nut Brown Will Ruin Britain' I thought he already had!

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